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Redick, Embiid shoot 76ers past Mavericks

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The 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, backs down Salah Mejri of the Mavericks in Friday’s preseason game in Shanghai.

The Associated PressSHANGHAI (AP) — JJ Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games.

Redick was 7-for-7 from 3-point range for the 76ers, who trailed by 15 points early. Ben Simmons finished with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia.

Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points in the game’s first 8 minutes and finished with 20 for the Mavericks. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki sat out the game while continuing to recover from left ankle surgery, though he was presented with a guitar during a second-half stoppage in play by former NBA player Wang Zhizhi of China.

Dallas was also without China’s Ding Yanyuhang, who sat out with knee soreness. He addressed the crowd in Mandarin before tip-off. So did Embiid, who capped his remarks with “trust the process,” and Nowitzki, who drew loud roars when he greeted the fans in Shanghai with “Ni hao” — or hello.

“Thanks for having us,” Nowitzki told the fans, before a game that was broadcast to more than 200 countries and territories. “Thanks for the great hospitality. We appreciate you guys coming out tonight.”

Landry Shamet added 18 points for Philadelphia. Rookie Luka Doncic was one of three Mavericks with 11 points.

The two Dallas-Philadelphia games in China this year will push the NBA’s total of preseason games played there since the China Games series began in 2004 to 26.

Leonard sits out home debut

The Associated Press

Kawhi Leonard’s debut in his new home arena will have to wait.

Leonard was one of the regulars who rested Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors defeated Melbourne United 120-82. The Raptors scheduled five preseason games this season, but Friday’s was the only one that’ll be played in Toronto.

Kyle Lowry also got the night off for the Raptors, who don’t play again in Toronto until the season-opener Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

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